— Benjamin Jowett Theologian, classical scholar, and academic administrator 1817 - 1893
„It must be remembered that we have only heard one side of the case. God has written all the books.“
— Samuel Butler, The Note Books of Samuel Butler
An Apology for the Devil
„I think of Neuromancer as being, in a good sense, an adolescent book. It's a young man's book. It was written very young-man's-book. It was written by a man who was not very young, when he wrote it, but who was sufficiently immature.“
— William Gibson American-Canadian speculative fiction novelist and founder of the cyberpunk subgenre 1948
„Many counterrevolutionary books have been written in favor of the Revolution. But Burke has written a revolutionary book against the Revolution.“
— Novalis German poet and writer 1772 - 1801
Fragment No. 104; on Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790).
„There is no such thing, wrote Oscar Wilde, as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. Presumably, then, Mein Kampf would have been all right had it been better written.“
— Theodore Dalrymple English doctor and writer 1949
Trash, Violence, and Versace: But Is It Art? http://www.city-journal.org/html/8_1_urbanities-trash.html (Winter 1998).
„When challenged why he had written so little, he fired back: "Moses wrote one book. Then what did he do?"“
— Sidney Morgenbesser American philosopher 1921 - 2004
„The Bible is different from all other books; other books are written by man, but the Bible not only contains the sayings and commandments of God, but was also written entirely under divine inspiration. So we might say that it is God's book, which he gave to man to lead him to everlasting life.“
— Matta El Meskeen Egyptian monk 1919 - 2006
Orthodox Prayer Life: The Interior Way
„The writer probably knows what he meant when he wrote a book, but he should immediately forget what he meant when he's written it.“
— William Golding British novelist, poet, playwright and Nobel Prize for Literature laureate 1911 - 1993
As quoted in Novelists in Interview (1985) edited by John Haffenden
— Judy Blume American children's writer 1938
Context: It's not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read. And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers. As quoted in Literature for Today's Young Adults (1997) by Kenneth L. Donelson and Alleen Pace Nilsen, p. 392
„The problem of knowledge is that there are many more books on birds written by ornithologists than books on birds written by birds and books on ornithologists written by birds“
— Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
— Louis B. Mayer American film producer 1884 - 1957
To a writer who complained that his work was being changed.
„Yet with every allowance, one feels it difficult to see how any mortal ever could consider this Koran as a Book written in Heaven, too good for the Earth; as a well-written book, or indeed as a book at all; and not a bewildered rhapsody; written, so far as writing goes, as badly as almost any book ever was!“
— Thomas Carlyle Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher 1795 - 1881
— George Steiner American writer 1929
Ch. 6 (p. 36).
„After all, he wrote this book here, and in the book it says he made us all to be just like him! So if we're dumb, then God is dumb — and maybe even a little ugly on the side.“
— Frank Zappa American musician, songwriter, composer, and record and film producer 1940 - 1993
Dumb All Over.